BNL Pollution Prevention Program Description

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Brookhaven National Laboratory's (BNL) broad mission is to produce excellent science in a safe, environmentally responsible manner with the cooperation, support and appropriate involvement of our many communities. A strong Pollution Prevention (P2) Program is an essential element of successful accomplishment of this mission and BNLís Environmental Management System. The BNL P2 Program reflects the National and Department of Energy pollution prevention goals and policies and represents an ongoing effort to make pollution prevention and waste minimization and integral part of the BNL operating philosophy.


The purpose of this program description is to establish the strategy, goals, roles and responsibilities and elements of the BNL P2 Program. The overall all goal of the P2 Program is to create a systems approach that integrates pollution prevention and waste minimization, resource conservation, recycling, and affirmative procurement into all planning and decision making.


The scope of the BNL P2 Program includes:

  • Elimination or reduction of wastes, effluents and emissions at the source
  • Conservation of natural resources and reuse of materials
  • Recycling, and
  • Procurement of environmentally preferable products.


The P2 Program description applies to all BNL employees, contractors, visitors, and guests.

Policy and Drivers

Pollution prevention and resource conservation are established as national policy objectives by the Pollution Prevention Act of 1990 and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Responding to the requirements of these Acts, the DOE issued the Pollution Prevention Program Plan in 1996. The P2 Program Plan outlined the basic elements of pollution prevention programs to be developed at DOE sites, and established aggressive goals for waste reduction.

DOE has incorporated pollution prevention and waste reduction goals into Brookhaven Science Associates (BSAís) contract. BSA, in recognition of its environmental stewardship responsibilities, potential for cost savings, and stakeholder concerns, has incorporated pollution prevention elements into the BNL Environment, Safety, Security and Health Policy and the Critical Outcomes.

Management and staff commitment to reducing wastes, effluents and emissions to levels which are as low as reasonably achievable ("Environmental ALARA") is central to the success of the Laboratory and achievement of waste reduction goals. This commitment, which is an important element of the Laboratory Environmental Management System (EMS), is demonstrated in management's policies (e.g., the Environmental Stewardship Policy) and standards of performance for all staff which require pollution prevention planning and implementation.

Specific responsibilities are incorporated in employee R2A2's (Roles, Responsibilities, Accountabilities, and Authorities, and are described in the following section on program elements.


The goals of the BNL P2 Program are to:

  • Develop a systematic and team approach that integrates pollution prevention and resource conservation into all projects and activities
  • Reduce environmental impacts as low as reasonably achievable (Environmental ALARA)Achieve or exceed BNL/DOE Waste Minimization and Pollution Prevention Goals
  • Achieve or exceed the BNL/DOE Recycling Goals
  • Achieve or exceed the BNL/DOE Affirmative Procurement Goals
  • Reduce waste management costs
  • Achieve timely implementation of Return-On-Investment (ROI) projects
  • Comply with external drivers
  • Identify and respond to trends
  • Improve outreach and awareness
  • Identify alternative funding mechanisms

Program Elements

The table below groups the core elements of the BNL P2 Program and identifies the BNL organizational unit with lead responsibility. Note that teamwork among all affected organizations is key to a successful P2 program.

Program Elements Responsibility
R2A2 Elements
Management Commitment Laboratory Director
Leadership, guidance, reporting and technical support Environmental Protection Division
Accountability Line Management
Provide data, planning, and implementation All staff
Affirmative Procurement Contracts and Procurement
Solid Waste Recycling and Sanitary Waste Site Services Division
Metals Recycling Procurement and Property Management
Planning Elements
Pollution Prevention Plan Environmental Protection Division
Hazardous Waste Reduction Plan Environmental Protection Division
Program Description and Subject Area Environmental Protection Division
Goal Setting Labwide: Environmental Protection Division; Programs: Associate Laboratory Directors; Individuals: Managers
Design for Environment Modernization Project Office; Principal Investigators
Chargeback System Environmental Protection Division
Waste Forecasting Environmental Protection Division
Technical Support Elements
Pollution Prevention Opportunity Assessments Environmental Protection Division
Training Environmental Protection Division
Technical Assistance Environmental Protection Division: planning, evaluation, opportunity identification tracking, trending, segregation
Material Exchange Safety and Health Services Division: Chemical Management System; Administrative Support Division: Excess Property
Implementation Elements
Return on Investment Project Management Environmental Protection Division
Return on Investment (ROI) Project Implementation Line Managers
Pollution Prevention Opportunity Implementation Environmental Protection Division; All Staff
Recycling Site Services Division; Procurement and Property Management; All Staff
Purchasing Environmentally Preferable products Contracts and Procurement Division, Administrative Support Division (Supply and Material); All Staff
Tracking, Trending and Reporting Elements
DOE Quarterly and Annual Reports Environmental Protection Division
Solid Waste Recycling tracking Site Services Division
Emissions Environmental Protection Division
Effluents Energy & Utilities Division: Sanitary Waste; Environmental Protection Division: All other
Hazardous, Radioactive, Mixed and Industrial Wastes Environmental Protection Division
Affirmative Procurement Procurement and Property Management Division
Data Reporting Line Management
Data Collection Environmental Protection Division
Communications and Awareness Elements
Internal Communications Environmental Protection Division, Waste Management Division; P2 Council
Technology Transfer Environmental Protection Division
Information Exchange Environmental Protection Division
Awards and Recognition Environmental Protection Division
Pollution Prevention Webpage Environmental Protection Division
Community Outreach CEGPA

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Last Modified: April 11, 2013
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